Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living

Gloucestershire Older Persons Association - Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living

South West Seniors’ Network and GOPA Conference

GOPA in association with the South West Seniors Network held a conference on the 10th of march at the Kingsholm Rugby ground entitled

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN LATER LIFE – reducing social isolation in Gloucestershire

The Conference aimed to bring together health and social care professionals with older people who may not be connected to the statutory and voluntary services.  The conference had over 50 attendees

The speakers were Mary Morgan (GCCG Commissioner for Adult Services)

whose presentation is available via the link below:


Rob Fountain (AUKG), whose presentation was too large to host on this site, gave a presentation entitled, Beyond Befriending: (Re)Creating Connected Communities and Amanda Cooper from Adult Education in Gloucestershire who presented on how they are addressing social isolation with a digital technology project.

There was also a local actor John Bassett who,  working with members of an Ageing Well group, dramatised scenarios about the issue of loneliness and social isolation.  The group had contributed their own thoughts to John’s ‘script’ and monologue.

After an excellent lunch there was a demonstration of Egyptian belly dancing by a group called Egyptian Spirit showing how belly dancing can assist in mobility and social isolation

Some photographs of the day can be accessed via the following link!AldfpsHw_z-dpiQwgqHGtdg0PtzU

we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and agencies that supported this conference and made it such a success.

Staying Steady and Keeping Active

Julia Bradbury, specialist Falls Physiotherapist is giving a talk on

‘Staying Steady and Keeping Active’

The talk will explore:

  • What can you do to remain steady and active
  • What can people do to prevent slips and trips
  • What to do if you or someone you know has had a slip, trip or fall

at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 in the Healthy Marketplace at Cirencester Hospital

To reserve a place for this talk please call Louise Norman at Cirencester Hospital on 0300 421 6252

For further information please use the link below

Balance and falls awareness April 17


Share Your Experiences of Local Healthcare

Gloucestershire NHS organisations and the County Council are now working more closely with local Stroud and Berkeley Vale GPs, to determine how together, they can better support older people living with frailty.

They are initially focusing upon people registered with the following GP surgeries:

Cam and Uley Surgery

The Chipping Surgery

The Culverhay Surgery

Marybrook Medical Centre

Walnut Tree Practice

Acorn Practice

So come and talk to Them at GL11 Community Hub, Fairmead, Cam GL11 5JS

on Tuesday 13 December 2016 9.45am-12.00 noon

For further information please us the following link



GOPA AGM Announced

The Annual General Meeting of the Gloucestershire Older Persons’ Association (GOPA) is to be held at 2:30 pm on Monday 24th October 2016 at Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3AX. Refreshments will be available before the meeting.

We are also delighted to advise that after the formal business has been concluded, Helen Vaughan (Joint Commissioning Manager, Dementia of the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group) will be giving a presentation on the draft Gloucestershire Healthy Ageing Action Plan 2016 – 19. It promises to be a most interesting presentation.

We hope many older people as well as organisations working with and on behalf of older people in Gloucestershire will be able to join us. Purely for catering purposes it would be helpful if you could e-mail or telephone 01452 830752 to book your place.


Stroud Men’s Group

The Men’s Group meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month between 2.30pm-4.30pm at The Old Crown Pub, Park End, Paganhill, Stroud GL5 4AZ.

The group is open to anyone who would like to meet for a drink, a chat, play cards or other games and make new friends. There is plenty of parking and the Group tend to have the pub to themselves so it’s not too busy.  They welcome all new men to the group as well as people who may like to come and support the group.

The next date for The Men’s Group is Tuesday 13th September.

If there is anyone who would like to attend the group but who has some transport difficulties, please get in touch with the contact below who might be able to help

Emma Ordonez

Fair Shares

The Exchange

Brick Row

Stroud GL5 1DF

Tel: 01453 706555

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